Thursday, May 30, 2013

English 9--5/31/2013

Jump Off
--Pick up the "Dragonsong Unit Final Essay--Feedback Analysis" halfsheet from the front table.  You know the drill!  Mr. Martin will be around with your scored essay.

S. the C.

The purposes of creating a Cumulative Writing Portfolio are many.  First, a Cumulative Writing Portfolio emphasizes that writing is a process Instead of viewing writing assignments as mere “assignment completion”, students are meant to see that good writing takes time.  Additionally, with the implementation of a portfolio, teachers are able to reach each student individually via conferencing.  Finally, with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards, it is clear that the skills gained through writing must be secure for each student prior to graduating from high school.  The following criteria have been implemented this year within Mr. Martin’s English 9 classroom:
  • Only certain writing pieces from the school year will be included within the Cumulative Writing Portfolio.  The first of these assignments was the re-write of your Odyssey Unit Exam response.  Mr. Martin will typically let students know which pieces are “Cumulative Writing Portfolio writing pieces” prior to beginning the writing process.
  • In order to be accepted for inclusion within the Cumulative Writing Portfolio, a writing piece must receive a score of 80% or higher, a score indicative of mastery.  When a student receives a score of 80%, the student can simply submit the writing piece to the portfolio—he or she has already demonstrated mastery throughout the writing process for that particular assignment.
  • Any Cumulative Writing Portfolio writing piece that does not meet the mastery score must be revised and resubmitted.  Prior to resubmission, a student must highlight all changes that have been made, then print out (if completed via word processor) and resubmit both the original piece and the updated version.
  • When resubmitting revised work, a student must make an appointment with Mr. Martin so that he or she can process the revisions with Mr. Martin.  In fact, it is strongly suggested that a student schedules an appointment prior to revising his or her work so that both student and Mr. Martin can process the original writing piece together as well.
  • Once a portfolio assignment is resubmitted in this manner, Mr. Martin will re-score the assignment to determine an updated score for the writing piece.  This score will be used to calculate the overall score for the portfolio.  Please be aware that the original score for the assignment "is what it is" within the writing score of the quarter average.
  • Throughout the year, English 9 classes will work on finishing their Cumulative Writing Portfolios.  Yet, as soon as a portfolio assignment is handed back, a student can and should begin the revision process.  Upon receipt of the evaluated writing piece, the student will have one month (time permitting) to revise in order to achieve mastery.
  • A student who fails to meet the final due date for mastery will be assigned central detention in order to create a time period in which he or she can obtain that mastery.  Central detentions will continually be assigned, if necessary.
  • The Cumulative Writing Portfolio will be scored at the end of the school year and will account for a significant portion of each student’s Quarter 4 average.  (For example, if a student has two assignments within the Cumulative Writing Portfolio with scores of 82% and 90%, this substantial writing grade would be an 86%.)
--Reminder: Any writing piece that has already received a score of 80% or higher can be given back to Mr. Martin for submission today.

Self-Reflection -- Crafting AMAZING Literary Analysis Essays
--independent work time (cont.)--feedback analysis of scored essay
NOTE: Students needing to revise for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio can meet with Mr. Martin during this time--establish an order on the front board/schedule meeting times for next week.
--whole-group share-out--Mr. Martin creates a list on the front board/models where appropriate

--BLOCK 1/4: Take out your Act II study guide.  What do we need to discuss in order to mostly understand Act II before moving on?    

Discussion -- Act II

Review/Brain Break (BLOCK 4)
--check out the following links:

Closure -- Whip Around

--Continue reviewing your "Background Information Mini-Presentation Notes" page prior to next class, as an upcoming assessment is quite possible!
--The due date for submitting a revised Dragonsong Unit Final Essay for the Cumulative Writing Portfolio is June 10th (approximately 1.5 weeks from today--our last class day)--Do you want to revise (as the opportunity exists even for students who have already demonstrated mastery [80%+])?  The following students need to revise: Jolly Ranchers, Flash Gordon, RanRan, and Benji...Benny Boy, BooBoo, WootWoot, Arcadia, Raven Starshine, Meow, Twig, and Nicknameless Person. Don't forget to schedule a meeting with Mr. Martin to go over your revisions (meeting times will fill up quickly!).
--The following student still has not reached mastery for the first writing piece that must be included within the portfolio (M, D, O, L, C Revised Odyssey Unit Examination Response): Philosoraptor.
NOTE: You cannot advance to English 10 without a completed Cumulative Writing Portfolio.
--All English 9 students will take both a department final exam and a Regional Post-Assessment next week.  The study guide handed out last class is a great tool for preparing for the department final exam and should also help with preparation for the Regional Post-Assessment.  Though the contents of the regional test are a bit of a mystery, the test will likely be similar to the Regional Pre-Assessment completed on 11/7/2012.  Mr. Martin hopes that you prepare diligently for each of these exams, as the test results are meant to help him determine what you learned throughout the year, and he is confident you have learned a lot!  CONTINUE STUDYING--ALL OF YOU HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO NAIL THESE ASSESSMENTS!